Is it possible to enjoy a little chocolate indulgence and be good to your teeth this Valentine’s Day? Absolutely! In fact, today your favorite Raleigh dentist will discuss 4 ways to be good to your teeth while enjoying Valentine’s Day.
What’s wrong with Chocolate?
Your Raleigh dentist loves chocolate as much as the next person, especially on Valentine’s Day, but chocolate is not always great for your oral health. All those delicious chocolate-covered strawberries, chocolate fondue, chocolate kisses, and more can get trapped in between our teeth and create cavities if we don’t pay close attention. While we encourage chocolate over some of the “sticky-icky” treats that most often cause trouble for our patients, that doesn’t mean that chocolate is completely safe.
So what’s a girl or guy to do if they want to enjoy Valentine’s Day in the absence of chocolate? Wait, who says you have to stop eating chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Not this Raleigh Dentist! While it’s not the best for your teeth, we can’t really imagine a life without chocolate, so here are a few things you can do.
The most important thing to do anytime you plan to eat or drink something that is not healthy for your teeth is to rinse it off. But you don’t necessarily need to “drink” something in order to rinse your mouth. Saliva is actually a great natural way to remove the bacteria that forms in our mouth from eating, and kissing stimulates the production of saliva. As such, your Raleigh dentist encourages you to kiss more this Valentine’s Day. It’s good for your teeth and your partner!
Remember to Brush
One good thing about eating chocolate (and the reason your Raleigh Dentist usually recommends chocolate over other treats) is that most times it comes off naturally with saliva alone. However, that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook from brushing your teeth. It’s important to brush your teeth using toothpaste with fluoride to ensure that any cavity-causing sugar or bacteria is off your teeth. The best way to do this is to brush your teeth immediately following your romantic dinner. Not only will you wash away the chocolate, but you’ll have fresh breath! Your partner will certainly appreciate that.
If you can’t brush your teeth right away, then be sure to rinse your mouth out well with water.
Moderation is Key
We previously mentioned that completely avoiding chocolate on Valentine’s day is unrealistic. Therefore, if you eat a few pieces or indulge in a chocolate dessert after a romantic meal, it’s not the end of the world, but don’t spend your entire day eating chocolate. Eating chocolate in moderation is really the key to enjoying your Valentine’s Day while being good to your teeth.
Skip the Chocolate
Did you know there are plenty of delicious and romantic treats to choose from this Valentine’s Day that are not made of chocolate and are better for your teeth? In fact, there are a number of foods that are considered seductive that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.
For example, did you know that eating oysters could lead to sexy time? Oysters are high in zinc, which can increase sperm and testosterone, as well as increase your libido since they contain the hormone dopamine. Bananas are another fan favorite if you want to get in the mood. Not only do bananas have a certain sexy shape, but they also contain bromelain and B vitamins, which are known to increase sexual desire in men.
Love Your Teeth All Year Long
It’s important to remember that when it comes to your oral health, you should consider what you’re eating every day of the year – not just Valentine’s Day. Furthermore, chocolate is hardly the worst offender when it comes to cavities. Pay attention to what you’re eating and how you’re taking care of your teeth on a regular basis. By taking a proactive approach to your oral health, you can protect your smile for a lifetime. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Garrett by calling our office and scheduling a new patient appointment. We’d love to help you achieve beautiful and healthy teeth for Valentine’s Day and beyond.